Highlight everyone’s favorite Easter candy, Peeps, when you make these Peep-tastic Easter Brownies to impress a crowd. Decadent and rich chocolate chunk brownies topped with classic buttercream icing and your favorite holiday candies!
There isn’t a holiday or theme that I don’t love baking for so prepping for Easter was a no-brainer. Besides a love for the array of pastel candy that comes out of hiding every spring, I also have a secret obsession with Peeps. If you aren’t sure what sweet treat to make for your Easter celebration, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with these Peep-tastic Easter Brownies!
Celebrate Easter with Peep-tastic Easter Brownies!
I used to live in Washington, D.C., a city known for a lot of things, including its love of Peeps. Every year, the Washington Post hosts a Peep diorama contest which puts Peeps in culturally-relevant situations. While I no longer live in D.C., my love for Peeps (and Peep dioramas!) has definitely not gone away.
When baking for a crowd, brownies are always a safe choice. Unless your friends and family don’t like chocolate, which I’ve been told happens on the rare occasion, a decadent and rich chocolate chunk brownie is typically quickly devoured. I love this recipe because it is just soft and gooey enough to be enticing, but it holds its shape when served. This is optimal for ensuring that none of it ends up on the floor!
The best part? These brownies might be Easter-themed, but if you skip the pastel icing and the Peeps decorations, these brownies work year round. No one can resist those chocolate chunks and that classic butternut cream icing!
Chocolate Chunk Brownies for all seasons!
Before you decide the next six occasions from here to Thanksgiving that you could make these brownies for, let’s talk icing. I went with a classic buttercream. Is there anything better than a sweet and creamy icing? Not much, although a slice of chocolate chunk brownie topped with buttercream might be.
Are you ready to whip up a batch of these Peep-tastic Easter Brownies? Don’t forget to buy some extra Easter candy during your next trip to the grocery store for extra “lawn” decorations and to snack on while baking!
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1¼ cup (150g) flour, divided
- 1/3 cup (42g) cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 cup chocolate chunks
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 3 cup (375g) icing sugar
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 5-6 drops green food coloring
- Approx 10 Peeps
- ¼ cup mini chocolate eggs
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Line a glass 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the melted butter and the granulated sugar. Cream on high for 1-2 minutes until it is fully combined. Add in the eggs one at a time and mix until it becomes thick and shiny. Mix in the vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. Gently mix into the wet ingredients until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks. Pour into the prepared dish. Spray a spatula with non stick spray and use it to evenly distribute the brownie batter in the pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out (mostly) clean.
- While the brownies cool, make the buttercream.
- Cream together the softened butter and the icing sugar. Start the mixer on low and then build up speed as it incorporates to avoid sending sugar flying out of the bowl. Mix in the heavy cream one tablespoon at a time until you achieve the desired consistency. Follow this by mixing in the food coloring one drop at a time.
- When the brownies are cooled, use an offset spatula to spread the buttercream over the brownies. Decorate with Peeps and mini chocolate eggs.
Home Chef Tip: If you want to elevate your "grass" on your brownies, use a Wilton Tip 233 rather than an offset spatula to give it more texture.
We hope you love these Peep-tastic Easter Chocolate Chunk Brownies from SoFabFood Home Chef, Charlotte from Sweet Sundays, as much as we do. If you love this Easter dessert, be sure to visit our Dessert section for more like it. For daily recipe inspiration, subscribe to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Pinterest. Enjoy!